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Name Docklands’ newest park

04 Sep 2014

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An AFL and World War 2 legend, a shanty settlement or the captain of the Enterprize?

Who or what do you think Docklands’ newest community facility should be named after?

The State Government is seeking input from the community on the name of the soon-to-be developed western park site.

Construction of the first stage of the park begins this month and will see a sports field, community pavilion and playground constructed.

The Government has created a shortlist of names for the park and is inviting Melburnians to vote for their preference.

“This park will become a significant community space so it’s fitting that people living in Docklands and the wider community have a chance to help decide what it will be called,” Places Victoria general manager Simon Wilson said.

“By Spring next year this unused space will be transformed into a place where people can kick a ball, walk the dog and take their children to play.”

The shortlist of names selected for the park is Ron Barassi Snr Park, Dudley Flats Park or Lancey Park.

Ron Barrassi Snr was a rover for the Melbourne Football Club from 1936 to 1940. He served as part of Australia’s World War 2 campaign in North Africa. He was killed in action at Tobruk in 1941.

Dudley Flats was a shanty settlement which developed on the banks of the Moonee Ponds Creek at the western edge of Docklands during the 1930s depression. The camp remained there until the early 1950s.

Captain John Lancey was the captain of the Enterprize, one of the first ships that sailed into Melbourne in August 1935. His fleet’s arrival is now marked each year on Melbourne Day and a replica of the tall ship Enterprize is moored in Docklands.
To vote for your preferred name visit http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/announcements/new-docklands-park-naming-poll.html

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